October 14th, 2013 by
The College of Humanities and the Arts’ new associate dean, Dr. William H. Street, will perform a saxophone recital on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30pm in the Music Concert Hall. He will be joined by Roger Admiral on piano, Professor Dale Wolford on saxophone, and Paul Steenhuisen as host and commentator.
Coming to us from the University of Alberta faculty, Dr. Street has been active in university administration and governance since receiving his doctoral degree in music from Northwestern University. As a performer, Dr. Street works frequently in chamber and solo performances, oftentimes with pianist Roger Admiral and the Quatuor International de Saxophones.
The concert will feature a piece composed by our own composition professor Dr. Pablo Furman entitled “Music for Alto Saxophone and Electronics.” The concert will conclude with the premiere of Steenhuisen’s composition “Jeu de Téléphone,” an intriguing piece that will encourage audience members to use their cellphones.
June 21st, 2013 by
San José State University’s seventh annual Summer in the City Music Camp is well underway! Students from all around the state have come to spend a week with renowned Bay Area educators and SJSU music students honing their musical skills. Come join us Saturday, June 22 as the week ends with two concerts in the Music Concert Hall: Orchestra and Concert Band will perform at 10AM, and the Choir and Wind Ensemble will perform at 1:30PM. Admission is free to the public.
May 22nd, 2013 by
Graduate voice student Kelly Walker will be performing “The Star Spangled Banner” at this year’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 25.
Ms. Walker earned her undergraduate at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before returning to her hometown of San José. After a lesson with Professor Layna Chianakas, Ms. Walker was encouraged to attend SJSU for her master’s degree.
“I’m working all the time,” she said. “I’m always in a practice room. All the professors expect a lot from us, but I feel like I’m getting the most out of my education that way.”
Ms. Walker hopes to perform professionally after graduation. Her dream job is to perform in the San Francisco Opera Chorus.
May 8th, 2013 by
On April 15, pianist Gwendolyn Mok, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, interviewed Johannes Brahms on stage. In the photograph above, they are in conversation about his view on historic pianos from his time and his compositions, the late piano works Opp 116-119. Dr. Mok writes:
Brahms was impressively alert and modern considering his age! He enjoyed the flight from Vienna and was not aware about no-smoking laws. Nevertheless, we allowed him to hold the cigar as a ‘security blanket’.
At his beloved Striecher Viennese piano, Brahms performed some of his waltzes for four-hands; his Leibeslieder Waltzes, which featured voice faculty members Sandra Bengochea, Layna Chianakas, Joseph Frank and Krassen Karagiozov with Michael DiGiacinto on the other hand; and the Piano Trio in B major with faculty Diane Nicholeris and David Goldblatt on violin and cello, respectively.
April 29th, 2013 by
Dr. Gwendolyn Mok has caught the attention of the San Francisco Examiner. This past Friday, the Examiner published an interview with Dr. Mok about her studies and performance experience. Read the full article.